Child vaccination is for his well-being; to protect him from deathly diseases. But, getting a shot in the soft and delicate skin of a child can give you shudders. Not only you, but the child as well!
Don’t we Indian mothers say to our kids: “I will ask the doctor to give you an injection if you misbehave”? Because we know that getting a shot is so scary!
Luckily, there are a few tips to prepare yourself and your child for the shot. With these tips in hand, you can make child vaccination easier and fun for your child.
And you can only do this by following these steps.
Before the shots
Come prepared at the doctor’s clinic for the shot. Take these steps:
Read the vaccine materials you received from your doctor and note down any questions you may have.
Carry your child’s immunisation record at every visit to the doctor so he knows which shots your child has received and which are due.
Pack your child’s favourite book or a toy to make him feel comfortable.
For older children: Tell your child in advance about the shot. Be honest that it will pinch for a while but won’t hurt for long.
During the shot
Comfort your child and support him. Your soothing voice, hugs, and praises will ease his fear about the shots.
Hold him firmly in your lap.
Make an eye contact with your child, smile and tell him that everything is OK.
Cuddle, sing or distract him with his favourite toy.
For older children:
Talk about the things in the room to distract his mind
Take deep breaths with your child to “blow” out the pain.
Hug him and tell that everything is OK.
Scold him for not being brave
After the shot
Soothe your child by breastfeeding (younger than 6 months) or offering him a glass of juice after the shot.
Some vaccines may produce reactions such as mild fever, rash or pain at the site of injection. These reactions are usually mild and show that the vaccine is effective.
Ask your doctor about any possible reactions to the vaccine. Listen to his instructions carefully on what to do and what not.
Use a cold, wet cloth to relieve pain and soreness at the site of injection
If the child develops fever, use a cool, sponge bath for relief. Consult your doctor before giving any medication.
Give him plenty of fluids.
Force him to eat. Some children may not eat well for 24 hours after vaccination.
Scold or react in anger if your child seems fussy after the shot.
I am sure these tips will help to make your child vaccination less stressful. The key lies in making the child mentally prepared for the shot.
Come on and let us know how your next visit for your child vaccination turned out!
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